Three Possibilities for Landscape Urbanism in Middle Eastern Cities

Anna Grichting , Ashraf M. Salama*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter presents landscape urbanism as an emerging paradigm that cities in the Middle East can learn from, adapt, and appropriate. The multifaceted quality of landscape urbanism is presented through three projects demonstrating various possibilities or typologies to integrate the blue and the green into the Middle Eastern city. The examination embraces the idea that landscape urbanism can be utilized to understand the holistic nature of urban infrastructure, to invigorate social and economic improvements in the city, and more broadly, to be part of an ecological system. The chapter adopts two lines of inquiry to examine significant landscape-urban interventions in three cities –Doha, Cairo, and Riyadh. First, to induct generalities on the three projects identified, a critical analysis of development and technical review reports is conducted to elucidate the salient characteristics underlying each landscape typology. Second, to deduct particularities concerning the contribution of each typology, critical discussion, reflection, and reference to the authors’ earlier empirical studies are carried out with the intention of unveiling the contribution of each typology to its context and to the city within which it exists.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook on Greening High-Density Cities
Subtitle of host publicationClimate, Society and Health
EditorsPeng Du, Kheir Al-Kodmany, Mir M. Ali
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9781032331423
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Oct 2023

Publication series

NameRoutledge International Handbooks

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